Kelantan business closures during Maghrib done according to people's wishes

DAWN CHAN

SHAH ALAM: The Kelantan government instruction that all businesses temporarily cease operations to make way for Maghrib prayers was done according to the will of the people.


Kelantan Umno liaison committee chief Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed said different states have their priorities and respectively, it would adhere to the requests of the people.


“The Kelantan state government is duly elected by its people. And that is what the people of Kelantan want (the closure of shops for Maghrib prayers), so they implement it. The state government is doing something that in their eyes are in line with the wishes of the people who are in favour of it.


“If the Kelantanese do not like the idea, perhaps they can reject it later on. But they like it that way now and it is a popular move,” said Mustapa today.


Mustapa, who is also MP for Jeli, was commenting on Salor assemblyman and Amanah vice-president Datuk Husam Musa, who had several days ago, questioned the need for businesses to shut for Maghrib prayers.


Husam had reportedly said the order should only be limited to Muslim business owners as non-Muslims do not need to perform Maghrib prayers.


Mustapa, the minister for International Trade and Industry, was met after launching Luxe Motorhomes and Caravans in Section 15,here.


It carries a range of 13 Benimar Mileo Motorhomes models brought in by sole distributor WTA Ventures Sdn Bhd.


Mustapa said the availability of motorhomes could pave the way for more domestic tourism and promote a new lifestyle that could be a norm in the future.


WTA Ventures Sdn Bhd chief executive officer Mohd Arne Haffnee Abas said the Benimar Mileo Motorhomes, made in Spain with United Kingdom specifications of two to six seaters, are priced between RM609,000 and RM650,000.


They have received five bookings so far and are targeting to sell 45 more by the end of this year.